Police will monitor New Year curfew in Latvia

The police will use all necessary resources to control compliance with the curfew announced yesterday, Andris Locs, representative of the State Police (VP), told Latvian Television December 30.

The VP spokesman explained that police do not plan specific raids or mass controls, but hope for people's understanding and willingness to comply with national safety measures. The police will be assisted by the National Guard, but it is not yet specifically known how these resources will be involved.

Meanwhile, Rīga Vice Mayor Edward Smiltēns (National Alliance/Latvian Association of Regions) said that all activities of the VP are also coordinated with the Riga municipal police. Smiltēns assumed there would be more law enforcement officers on the city's streets.

The government will further clarify a number of issues related to the latest COVID-19 restrictions at another cabinet meeting on Wednesday. 

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